Thanks for the Tip | pH Comedy Theater | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Summer Akers, Kayce Alltop, and Jason Ouimette

Summer Akers, Kayce Alltop, and Jason Ouimette

Ben Wiebers

Thanks for the Tip 

When: Sundays. Continues through June 5 2016
Price: $15, $10 students
You’d think a sketch comedy show about restaurant work written by a former restaurant worker, pH Comedy member Kayce Alltop, would be a comic gold mine, packed with scenes skewering bad customers, insane chefs, and snotty servers. In this case, you’d be wrong. Thanks to Alltop’s ham-fisted sketches, Dan Wright’s off-kilter direction, and a cast of underrehearsed performers, much of this show falls flat. Too many bits poke fun at predictable targets, though here and there are some wonderful moments: in one pantomimed sequence a sneaky waiter (Jared Miller) creeping around to The Pink Panther theme drops a basket of rolls, then picks it up and serves it to a table of unsuspecting costumers. But the high points are all too rare. —Jack Helbig

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